Here is a radio play that we did few years ago. The cast includes Subhodev Das, Aparajita Das, Anisha Das and Indranil Mukherjee. The play was directed by Indranil Mukherjee and written by Sudipta Bhawmik. Recording, editing, effects and music by Partha Sarathi Mukhopadhyay.
In this part of episode 1, Sudipta Bhawmik reads a short story by Satyajit Ray, “The Vicious Vampire”.
On Saturday March 30, 2013, EBC Radio launched EBC drama club. Listen to the podcast of this episode below. ECTA members like Sankar Ghoshal, Nupur Lahiri, Lilabati Majumdar, Subhodev Das, Aparajita Das, Dhriti Bagchi and Sudipta Bhawmik. In part 1 of this episode we discussed World Theatre Day, talked about the importance of vocal exercises in acting. Later Nupur Lahiri read one of her short plays.
Here is Satinath Mukhopadhyay , the famous audio artist, performing our play “Durghatana” (“An Accident” by Sudipta Bhawmik) for the Radio in Kolkata.
Here is this clip from TV Asia’s coverage of our play Cassandra or Maybe a Chair’s Tale.
Here are some comments on ECTA’s latest production “Cassandra Othoba Hoyto Ekti Chairer Kahini”. These comments were captured on Saturday June 9.
One June 9th and 10th we will be staging our new play, “Cassandra Othoba Hoyto Ekti Chairer Kahini” (Cassandra or Maybe a Chair’s Tale). In this video, the cast and crew members of the productions share their thoughts on the play.
In any theater production, the cast and the crew experience the play first hand. Then they try to assimilate it within themselves, try to relive the characters, their aspirations, their conflicts. And then on stage, they try to share it with the audience. This video gives a sneak peek into the thought process of the actors, the director and the production crew. I hope you will enjoy it.
Few years ago, my good friend Gautam Dutta wrote this review article in one of the Bengali publications. While working on a new theater project, whenever I feel frustrated or dejected, I read this article and feel encouraged. I feel re-energized. Gautam and I had worked for Bengali Theater in USA for quite sometime and we, like all theater workers often have this feeling within us – is this worth it? All this hard work we put in to create a quality show, often seems to be hardly of any worth if we don’t have an audience.
But I don’t blame the audience who couldn’t get to come to see a play. First of all, not everybody likes theater. And for this, we theater people are the ones to blame. In order to survive the onslaught of popular entertainment mediums like film and television, we have made theater into an esoteric art form. Just like fine art has evolved to counter photography, or poetry has evolved to counter printed prose, modern theater has evolved to a form that is often incomprehensible and/or too obtuse. We have taken entertainment out of theater and made it into an intellectual jugglery act. And with this we have limited our audience pool. But I can assure you, our (ECTA’s) plays are not void of entertainment at all. Our plays over the years have made people laugh, made them cry and also made them think. Continue reading
We had staged the play Ron in 2006 and it had a huge impact on the audience. Not only did the play moved the audience in USA, but also the play was a big hit in Kolkata. The critics were so overwhelmed with the play that they kept mentioning the play in later years. Ananda Lal in his critic of our play Satyameva (staged in 2007) wrote, “The group who came from New Jersey and stunned Calcutta with their play Ron”. Subrata Ghosh (a noted critic) also reminisced about Ron in his review of “Jodio Galpo” in Desh magazine in 2009. The play later was staged by ENAD in California Bay Area. Natyabharati of Maryland staged the play in Hindi (multiple shows). The English version of the play was staged by a group in Florida. Now Ron is happening again. A bunch of theater enthusiasts are rehearsing to stage Ron in Chicago on Sept 1 and 2 of 2012. And close to our home in New Jersey, Edison Valley Playhouse is producing “Ron” (in English) for their 2012, 2013 season. The play will make its tri-state premiere in November 2012 along with our Diwali celebrations.
This video captures some of the spontaneous audience responses after watching ECTA’s production “Banaprastha” (Retirement) in 2009. The play was written by Sudipta Bhawmik and directed by Indranil Mukherjee. The play stirred many souls and we received many accolades long after the production run concluded. Some of the people in this video are no longer with us, but there well wishes and blessings will keep us going for a long time.